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James D. Herren - Chief of Police


On behalf of the men and women of the Torrance Police Department, I am pleased to welcome you to the Torrance Police Department's web page. These pages were developed to showcase the men and women of the Torrance Police Department as they go about "Making a Difference" in ensuring a safe and secure community.

We are proud to protect a community that has consistently expressed its appreciation and support for our services, while recognizing the value of continuing excellence in public safety. The community of Torrance is fortunate to have the level of commitment and dedication that is exhibited on a daily basis by the men and women of the Torrance Police Department.

The cooperative efforts between the citizens of Torrance and their Police Department are instrumental in accomplishing the teamwork involved in keeping our streets safe. We look forward to a continued service of excellence.


James D. Herren
Chief of Police

Chief Herren speaks on recruitment


Chief Herren's Bio

James Herren joined the Torrance Police Department as a police officer in September of 1974 and served in that capacity until October of 1986. He was promoted to police sergeant in October of that year serving in Patrol, Personnel, and Motors until December 1991. He was then promoted to police lieutenant and served as watch commander until January 1994. In January of 1994, he was promoted to police captain and served as bureau commander for Traffic and Emergency Services, as well as Administration.

He was appointed acting Chief of Police from March 1997 to August 1997 and then appointed to his current position as the Chief of Police on August 19, 1997. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and has also earned a Master's Degree in Business Management.

He is presently a member of the following professional organizations: the California Peace Officers' Association, the California Background Investigators' Association, the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association where he served as Past President of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association, and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He attended the F.B.I. National Academy, 175th Session, Quantico, VA and is a graduate of Leadership Torrance.

Chief Herren was born in the South Bay and lives in Torrance.